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With this BBC article, I was inspired to write about the period. Don’t run away yet! I promise this will not be a gorey post. Menstruation and the taboos surrounding it have been common topics recently among my friends and I. The subject was most recently broached when discussing having our period at work, and the embarrassing feeling that comes along with having to walk to the bathroom with a tampon in our hand. God forbid people might know we are on our period! How did this generation of women become this way?
In a broader sense, women’s menstruation in India is stigmatized heavily. So much so that they do not have access to proper sanitation. Women’s rights in India are altogether a huge issue, however just this one basic need is not met partly due to the taboos surrounding it and a lack of education. If we expect to be able to make a change on the other side of the world, it is important that those who are able around the world leads by example.
I’m glad to see women like Rupi Kaur, starting a conversation about the topic. Women have had a period since the beginning of time, you’d think it would be a comfortable topic at this point. I think a lack of education and communication, both in and outside of school, has lead societies around the world to create this awkward bubble around periods. So I say to girlfriends, talk to your boyfriends about your period, to mothers, talk to your sons about periods, sisters, talk to your brothers. Open communication is key. On my part, I refuse to hide my tampon in my sleeve on my way to the bathroom.